Common Spaces

Function Rooms

Please note that per current College policy, the Dunster common spaces and printing closets are not available until further notice. When rooms become available for reservation, we will be migrating to a new scheduling system. Please check back for additional details.

The following function rooms are available for Dunster student use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for studying, relaxing, and group discussion: Junior Common Room (JCR), Small Dining Room (SDR), Courtyard Lounge (E108), and Seminar Rooms E104, E105, E109, and W024.

The JCR, SDR, and Seminar Rooms are also available for reservations between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. during term-time. The spaces can be reserved by Dunster affiliates only. Reservations are approved on an individual basis by the House Administrator. Please visit the room reservations page for reservation policies and guidelines prior to submitting your request form. 

Hallway Common Room East 509 (aka "the fun pod") can be reserved by Dunster students for parties through the Resident Dean's Office. For more information on booking this space please visit the party policies page.

Dining Hall reservation requests should be emailed to the House Administrator with a minimum of 3 weeks notice. If approved, the individual reserving the space must complete the required event registration forms for both Dunster House and the Dean of Students Office. They must also meet with the House Administrator in advance to discuss event details and ensure compliance with House policies. A $500 space rental deposit is required.

Hallway Common Rooms

The following hallway common rooms and multipurpose rooms are located throughout the House and are available to Dunster House residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no reservation needed!

Hallway Common Rooms: E306, E407, E417, W509
Multipurpose Rooms: W205, E507

Other Common Spaces

Dunster has a beautiful library, art room, smart classroom, exercise space, meditation room, student kitchen, and several music practice rooms. Find out more about these areas by exploring the building information pages. 


There are three elevators located in Dunster House, one on the east side, just next to the Dining Hall, and two on the west side. Please pay close attention to the posted occupancy limits, always allow people to exist the elevator before entering, and maintain a 6 foot distance at all times.


Hallway printer closets connected to the Harvard wifi network are located on each floor of Dunster House. Email the Building Manager or your friendly neighborhood Tutor to help you locate the closest one. The reading room, located just next to the House library, is also available for printing. Printers are maintained by HUIT, which can be reached directly with any repair or supply requests at 617-495-7777.

General Guidelines & Quiet Hours

Please note that Quiet Hours for Dunster House are:
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Friday through Sunday: 2:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Alcohol is not permitted in House common spaces at any time, with the exception of pre-approved House events.

Outside photographers are not permitted to take photographs or film in the Harvard undergraduate Houses without prior approval from the House Administrator and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications Office.